The Coolest Thing You’ll See All Week: Joplin and Jones Blow the Roof Off the TV Studio

by Steve Spohn
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JanisJoplinWikiFeaturedDishing up the coolest thing you’ll see all week: Tom Jones and the magical Janis Joplin blowing the roof off the TV studio in 1969 as they perform a live duet of the Eddie Floyd classic “Raise Your Hand.”

It’s an unlikely pairing, Tom and Janis, the endlessly primped and coiffed Jones (with nary a hair out of place) alongside the wild authenticity of Joplin. Her vocals are startlingly powerful, and she dances like Joe Cocker’s twin.

Behind Tom and Janis is a scene that takes you right back to 1969. The colors. The dancing. The clothes. The hair. As if stolen from the set of Hugh Hefner’s TV show, Playboy After Dark, sits a couple at a candlelit table.

Joplin’s legendary abandon is in full bloom, and it gets the more restrained Jones to let loose (despite himself). The result, as you’ll see, is what rock music is all about.

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